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The 75th Anniversary Professional Development Conference
January 9-12, 2019
Tampa Convention Center

Join us as we continue our exploration into Artistry as both teachers and performers. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the world-class keynote speakers and performers that will be joining us in 2019.

The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, and Elementary Orff students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.


Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22. Historically, room blocks fill up fast but then open back up after all-state audition results are posted in October and November, so please don't worry if you are unable to secure a room at this time. Please do not reserve rooms at non-FMEA hotels, as this could affect our discounted rates for the ballrooms we use for all-state rehearsals, resulting in higher conference registration costs in the future. 

Become an Exhibitor

There are still many great booth locations available. See the Exhibitor Information Page to view the floor plan and available booths, and sign up your company or organization.

Important Dates

(Subject to Change)

April 30: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
August 1: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
September 22: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
September 22: Pre-Registration Opens 
November 10: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00p.m.
November 13: Hotels will charge your credit card for the first night of each room held.
December 7: Pre-Registration Closes at midnight.  Payment must be postmarked on or before December 5 if you are paying by check.  Pre-registration is by credit card only after Dec. 5.
December 8: You can enter students and chaperones on-line to make on-site registration easier, but you will need to stand in the ON-SITE registration line to print your badges and pay when you arrive at the conference.

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The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.